GOOD CAUSE: Swimmers (back l-r) Ky Erickson, Olivia Romanella, Hannah Crittenden, Aidan Payet with (front l- r) Kimba Simmonds, Alannis Rusk, Evie Herlihy and Mikhaila Flint.
GOOD CAUSE: Swimmers (back l-r) Ky Erickson, Olivia Romanella, Hannah Crittenden, Aidan Payet with (front l- r) Kimba Simmonds, Alannis Rusk, Evie Herlihy and Mikhaila Flint.

Local swimmers raise cash in the pool

SWIMMING: On Friday morning, 25 local swimmers participated in a Swimathon to money for the Do It For Cancer campaign.

Altogether the swimmers swam over 50,000m (50 km) and raised close to $3000 for the Cancer Council.

Co-ordinator Raylene Rasmussen said it was a first for Cannonvale and something they'd like to continue dong in the future.

"We wouldn't mind keeping it running," she said.

"Why we decided to run it is we heard so many parents in the swimming club were being affected by cancer, and we thought what could we personally to help. Listening to a lot of the swimmers they wanted to do to help."

Rasmussen also said they smashed their targets for the event.

"Our target was $1000, when we raised $3000, it was wow. It's pretty exciting," she said.

"Being a show holiday, how many kids would want to swim a whole heap of laps? We were pretty chuffed by how many kids swam."

Organiser and swim coach, Mark Erickson was delighted with the turn out and said he was also surprised at how well the swimmers went.

Erickson was amazed by the young swimmers who completed the 30 minute challenge. Many of the young swimmers swam over 15 laps, which is outstanding result for any age level.

Swimmers who took up the challenge included Evie Carter-Attwood, Sophie and Charlotte Adams, Zoe Herlihy, Lily and Emma Smith, Hannah Spratt, Spiro Cekanuanus and Bailey Trapp.

Erickson was also impressed by his senior swimmers who completed one hour of swimming. Emma Hogan smashed out 4km in one hour. Aidan Payet swam consistently and did not stop for the whole hour. It was great to see Olivia Romanella back in the pool and swimming very well.

"Girl power" was very evident on Friday morning with Alannis Rusk, Mikhaila Flint Emily and Mae Carter- Attwood, Evie Herlihy and Kimba Simmonds with almost all of them swimming over 100 laps each.

A special mention goes to all the adults who swam either on Friday or Sunday morning including Freya Hill, Sonya Khatiwala, Di O'Donnell, Julie Mitchell, Ben Herlihy, Heike Simmonds, Cheryl West and Kay Corskie.

The highest fundraisers on the day were Mikhaila Flint, Alannis Rusk, Zoe and Evie Herlihy, Hannah Crittenden, Julie Mitchell and Sonya Khatiwala.

Mark Erickson said he would "really like to thank the swimmers for participating in the Swimathon and also would like to thank their families and community for their generous support".

The swimmers were largely made up of Cannonvale Cannons swimming club members.

Their season is about to continue with a qualifying meet in Townsville next month.


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